Sauerbrey, running mate vow crime fight CAMPAIGN 1994

April 21, 1994|By Robert Timberg | Robert Timberg,Sun Staff Writer

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey and her running mate, ex-Howard County Police Chief Paul H. Rappaport, made their first appearance together yesterday and promised to put more criminals in jail and make life more unpleasant behind bars.

Mrs. Sauerbrey, the minority leader of the Maryland House, took the wraps off Mr. Rappaport outside state police headquarters in Pikesville, where he was chief of the Criminal Investigations Division before taking over the Howard County force in 1979.

He and Mrs. Sauerbrey took turns telling about 75 cheering supporters that together they will vigorously attack violent crime, which most politicians consider the number one issue this election year.

"As governor, I intend to put an end to the terror," said Mrs. Sauerbrey, who has represented Baltimore County in the House since 1979. "That's why I have chosen Paul Rappaport as my running mate."

Hitting hard on the law and order theme, Mrs. Sauerbrey said, "The days of gentle justice are over. Do the crime and you'll do hard time -- and don't look for weight rooms and color TVs when you get there."

Mr. Rappaport, who turned 60 yesterday and is seeking public office for the first time, said, "My charge is public safety, and it's about time that the enforcers of public safety finally have a say in how public safety is going to be implemented."

Mr. Rappaport was Howard's police chief from 1979 until early 1987 when newly elected County Executive Elizabeth Bobo pressured him to resign, saying it was "time for new leadership."

His earlier career in law enforcement was with the State Police, where he rose to the rank of major. He now practices law in Ellicott City.

Mrs. Sauerbrey's campaign manager, Richard W. Montalto, said she settled on Mr. Rappaport for lieutenant governor before the 90-day General Assembly session that concluded last week, but managed to keep it secret until this week when it was leaked.

The ticket lacks geographic balance because the candidates are from neighboring counties. However, supporters in attendance yesterday tended to discount that factor, asserting that Mr. Rappaport's law enforcement experience will have high voter appeal.

Also seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination are 2nd District Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, the apparent front-runner, and William S. Shepard, a retired diplomat who was the party's 1990 candidate for governor.

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